And now for something completely different!

Macaroni

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This is my first posting to the Sound Clips section, and I thought I would start off with something completely different.

Here's a song called, Jaya Radha Madhava, from a CD I just finished producing for a good friend. His band... The Temple Bhajan Band, plays regularly around the Los Angeles area, at yoga studios, churches and a wide variety of events and festivals. The band plays bhajans (devotional/spiritual songs) and kirtans (chanting) from India, using traditional instruments like harmonium (hand pumped reed keyboard), mridunga (two headed clay drum), kartals (hand cymbals), tanpura (drone), flute, violin, etc.

On this tune, I play a solo guitar throughout the song, tracing the melodies and adding embellishments and decorations. I like to think of it as "celestial blues" guitar. The song is sung in Sanskrit and transitions into a kirtan (chanting).

I produced the CD, including recording, editing, mixing and mastering, as well as arranging the backup vocals (and singing on them too), playing the tanpura and kartals.

FYI... I used a V-Stack Tweedy, plugged directly into an Apogee Trak2, into an RME Multiface, into Logic Pro 7 on a Mac G4. The guitar has a bit of EQ (Pultec) and compression (LA2A), as well as a plate reverb and stereo delay. I used my Les Paul (Empire - made by Lee Garver) with Voodoo 59s, and kept the volume and tone all the way up. All of the tonal dynamics are due to picking variations.

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rwe333

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Cool, Ron.
Some thoughtful, tasteful phrases in there.
Obvious you care about the music. Cudos!

(might be cool to try a few lines w/ a more 'micro-tonal' type vibrato/bar phrasing a la Beck/Torn/Matte/Lane to reflect the vocal's approach...)
 

Latif

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Thanks Ron. I liked your tone a lot and I am a fan of kirtan style such as Jai Uttal so it was good to hear your guitar in that setting. I've been having great results with my tweedy into my Clark tyger 3x10 bandmaster (tweed) and my PRS hollowbody spruce. Would you mind sharing what your tweedy settings are? I imagine they would be different than what I use as yours isn't into an amp.

Latif
 

Macaroni

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Cool, Ron.
Some thoughtful, tasteful phrases in there.
Obvious you care about the music. Cudos!

(might be cool to try a few lines w/ a more 'micro-tonal' type vibrato/bar phrasing a la Beck/Torn/Matte/Lane to reflect the vocal's approach...)
Thanks Wayne. The CD is out of my hands now, so I can't do anymore work on it, but thanks for the ideas.

Thanks Ron. I liked your tone a lot and I am a fan of kirtan style such as Jai Uttal so it was good to hear your guitar in that setting. I've been having great results with my tweedy into my Clark tyger 3x10 bandmaster (tweed) and my PRS hollowbody spruce. Would you mind sharing what your tweedy settings are? I imagine they would be different than what I use as yours isn't into an amp.
Thanks Latif. I was very surprised at how sweet the Tweedy was in this context - lots of nuances to squeeze out and it responded beautifully.

My settings were... Bass @ 4, Cut @ 4, Drive @ 5, Master @ 7.

Going into my Kingsley Deluxe 32 (4-EL84s), I set it like this... Bass @ 4, Cut @ 7, Drive @ 4, Master @ 7. It's not quite the same tone, but close - very chewy and sweet.
 




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